Portola Hotel & Spa

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Carina Stebbins
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Why We Love It

  • Child-friendly property with an outdoor pool and a kids club
  • On-site craft brewery
  • The hotel has the largest day spa in Monterey
  • A five-minute drive to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row

91% (307 Member Ratings)

"Wonderful location, excellent service, and friendly staff."
Feb 19, 2017
Crockett, AL, United States


Map & Directions

If you can fly into Monterey regional airport, it’s easiest to take a taxi to the hotel. The journey only takes 10 minutes, and renting a car is probably more hassle than it’s worth -- parking is expensive and there are numerous one-way streets in the area. The nearest international airports are San Jose (about 80 minutes away) or San Francisco (just under two hours' drive) and the hotel provides both self-parking and valet parking (extra charge).

Rooms & Rates

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On the coast among the wineries and beaches of central California lies the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. This child-friendly property is also home to the area’s largest day spa and Monterey's original craft brewery.

The hotel is set on a historic plaza and is within walking distance of the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium (ask at the hotel about tickets -- they are the same price as when you buy direct, but are valid for two days instead of one). It's also a good location for business travelers (Monterey Conference Center is just next door), and Santa Cruz and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are both about an hour's drive for day trips.

Children are welcomed with warm cookies at check-in and automatic membership into the Portola Pirates kids club for ages 3-12. The first stay at the hotel as a Portola Pirate includes a souvenir Portola Pirate Bag and self-guided treasure hunt map for buried treasure.

The hotel does not have air conditioning, but all nautical-style bedrooms have ceiling fans and large windows or patio doors that open to the sound of the ocean (and the occasional seagull or seal). Most rooms overlook the city or the pool courtyard. Upgrade to a Harbor View Room on the fifth or sixth floor for impressive sea views at night. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby or bar, but available for an extra charge in the guest rooms.

On site, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge is a well-known local's restaurant serving cuisine inspired by the California coast. Craft brewery Peter B’s Brewpub is the “downtown hot spot for beers,” says The Huffington Post.

From the press:
  • The hotel "welcomes guests with warm cookies at the front desk, which sets the hospitable tone of the property" -- U.S. News
  • Monterey is "a sanctuary of relaxation and recreation" -- Huffington Post



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Internet access (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking A Parking Fee applies and will be added to your bill:  
Self parking is $20 plus tax, Valet is $23 plus tax, per day. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.  This rate is subject to change at the discretion of the property.

  • Off-street parking
  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. No minimum age required to check in. Guests under the age of 18 require parental consent.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children ages 18 years and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Crib available free of charge for babies up to 15lbs (on request). Extra bed available (on request): $20 per night in king bed rooms only.
Extra person charge is $20 + tax per night.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request (maximum 2 pets per room) and will be charged $50 for the first night, $25 for the 2nd & 3rd nights; pet fee has a $100 cap per stay. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Fees: A County Tourism Assessment Fee of $2.00 will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: At the Portola Hotel & Spa we are working on improving each and every guest experience. We are excited to announce our lobby renovation. Beginning in November 2016, we will be renovating our lobby and adding a new restaurant in our lower atrium. The upgrades will be completed in Spring of 2017. We appreciate your understanding and will make every effort to minimize any inconveniences during your stay. For a complete timeline, visit

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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91% Positive
(307 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay (CA) over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
On a positive note, my room was very clean and well stocked with towels and toiletries. Jack's did not disappoint and the check in cookies are still amazing.
Other Comments
I booked knowing you were under construction. I expected a number of detours, etc. I did NOT realize construction would be taking place during "off" hours (hammering and power tool usage at 2am)! I also expected a romantic weekend with my husband but was assigned a room with two small (double) beds and no bath tub. If this were my first visit, I probably would never return :-(
cheryl Feb 20, 2017 crockett, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Customer service!
Other Comments
Great deal, room, customer service, and breakfast buffet!
John Feb 20, 2017 vacaville, CA, United States
Other Comments
I thought the voucher that was offered included the breakfast buffet but when it too us directly to the hotel website to book and I received my confirmation, the breakfast was not included. I will not book again unless I know that I am getting what was on the Travelzoo site!
Susan Feb 19, 2017 San Jose, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful location, excellent service, and friendly staff.
Michael Feb 19, 2017 Crockett, AL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Location of hotel, near the wharf, quality bed, pillow selection, in room coffee, included breakfast.
Other Comments
Make sure your roon is not over the spa area, since it is close to the road...Lots of noisy traffic
Connie Feb 17, 2017 San Martin, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Lots of construction but staff handled it well.
Kenneth Feb 17, 2017 Los Osos, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast at Jack's was delicious. The omelet chef was exceptional and very friendly. The restaurant staff was also excellent.
Other Comments
When I booked my reservations they said the lobby area by the convention center was under construction, but it was the entire lobby. Different were blocked off on different days so you had to take alternative routes each day. It was totally confusing and inconvenient. If I had known it was going to be that bad I would have stayed elsewhere. It is normally worth the money, but not in the condition it was in this time. I would only recommend it after construction is complete.
Susan Feb 11, 2017 Cerritos, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable room Soft towel
Timothy Feb 10, 2017 carmichael, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Good location, restaurant was also very good. Very close to fishermans wharf, walking distance. In the heart of historical area...pity nothing open for historical tours to see (only Friday to Sunday). Disappointing. Obviously off season.
Other Comments
Not air conditioned. Good idea with fans but too noisy to open patio door. Right next to road, downtown traffic, sirens etc. Would be likely uncomfortable in summer. Hotel under construction but did not cause an issue.
Phillip Feb 10, 2017 London, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
The design is beautiful and the lobby is gorgeous. The housekeeping staff were friendly and helpful.
Other Comments
The beds and pillows were very uncomfortable The desk staff looked and acted like they were bored.
Donna Feb 10, 2017 Lancaster, CA, United States

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